The meeting is Thursday, December 4 at the Garden Club Building on the Lorenzi Park property, 3333 W. Washington Ave., near the corner of Twin Lakes Drive (renumbering of address occurred, but Google maps, and various website settings are not updated yet.) The parking lot is entered from Twin Lakes Drive. Doors open at 6:30 PM; Board Members should be present no later than 6:30 PM. The open meeting begins at 7:00 PM. (While some snacks or beverages may be supplied, if it is convenient to brings something along to share, it's always nice. If possible, plan to help set up prior to and put away after the meeting.)
This is a substitute for our original plan. Thanks to Pete, he's agreed at the last minute to put together some information about current happenings and maybe future plans at the Springs Preserve. We should be involved in the Garden and Trails at the Springs, as these areas harbour the plants we preserve and love. Thank you PETE!
What's in Your Microclimate?
This is a sample photo (Tortoise Habitat) from one of our members. This member gentleman is rarely seen, but does bring plants to show at our events. He's another one of us "cactus and succulent junkies" that got the habit over at Turners. While I too may be somewhat to blame for his at least partial addiction, I will likely not inform him of the 100+ step to C&S rehab. This one and others of his will be on our website gallery by the weekend.
Please consider submitting some of your favorite photos of your plants or garden spots.
Other Agenda Items:
Watch email for information about the Holiday Pot Luck Sunday, December 14.
Results of Election of Officers: Susan Kent, President; Stephanie Thomas, Vice President; Sam Johnson, Treasurer; Secretary, Vicki Yuen. At large board members will be named at a later date. Volunteers for various activities are sought.
GENERATIONS & FRIENDS: HERE ARE SOME IDEAS FOR HIKES, WALKS, PARKS AND PLACES: Start planning your OUTDOOR activies for 2015. If you have fun, you might decide to make it a habit and visit the same place again in 2016. Grab someone from the neighborhood, a friend, or family member and go see some of nature's best. Below is a list of what a special subset of members we call the "Hiker Dudes" did in the spring of 2009.
Date Range, Location and What They Were HUNTING! (Credits belong to Hiker Dudes)
- Mid to late March: Christmas tree pass/Searchlight, NV. Echinomastus johnsonii ssp. lutescens and taking a drive through Christmas tree pass if time allows. Associated species- dudleya arizonica, nolina parryi, Opuntia chlorotica, Opuntia bigelovii
- Late March: Victor's favorite place to go. Victorville/Oro Grande and Barstow,CA area if time. Sclerocactus polyancistrus in a dying region. Other species associated Dudleya, Echinocactus polycephalus and Penstemon spectabilis
- Early to mid April: (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts) Beatty, Yucca Mtn., Ryolite, and Daylight Pass. Large populations of sclerocactus polyancistrus and echinocactus polycephalus
- Mid April: (Pesky Plant Sales may cause Calendar Conflicts) Barstow/Ft. Irwin and Red Rock Canyon State Park, CA Sclerocactus polyancistrus and observing local wildflowers.
- Mid to late April: Tonopah, Goldfield and Beatty. Sclerocactus polyancistrus and Sclerocactus nyensis populations.
- Late April: Panaca, Bennet Springs, Cathedral Gorge State Park, Canyon Springs Summit, Caliente. Sclerocactus Schlesseri, Echinocereus mojavensis, and Opuntia whipplei. Very interesting place to go.
- Early May (12-14 hrs or 2 days.): Donnie’s favorite place. House Rock Valley, Jacob Lake, Fredonia, AZ. Four endangered Pediocactus. P. bradyi, P. Paradinei, P. sileri, P. peeblesianus, Sclerocactus parviflorus, Echinocereus canyonensis, Agave kaibabensis.
- 2nd Week May (very long maybe 12-14 hr): Rachel, Warm Springs, Hancock summit and Currant (AKA middle of nowhere) Potential return routes through hwy 375(ET) or hwy 95 via Tonopah. Very small Sclerocactus (about the size of a 50 cent piece), Agave eborispina, Echinocereus mojavensis and Opuntia pulchella.
- Mid May: South of Tonopah, Silver Peak, Columbus mine and Lida if time allows. Sclerocactus nyensis, Opuntia pulchella and sclerocactus polyancistrus
- Mid to late May: Death Valley National Park: Auggerberry Point & Surprise Canyon. Enter through Pahrump side. Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Dudleya, Echinomastus johnsonii, Echinocactus polycephalus, Ferocactus acanthodes, Mimulus rupicola and Salvia funerea.
- Late May: Lida Summit, Oasis summit, Goldfield summit. Highest population of Sclerocactus polyancistrus, Opuntia pulchella, Penstemon floridus ssp. austinii, yucca brevifolia and maybe lewisii rediviva ssp. minor.
- Early June: Ely, Sacramento pass, Baker, Great Basin National Park, Skull Rock Pass, UT and Kings Canyon, UT. If I do not get photos of Sclerocactus blaineyi near Currant, NV we will return through 375 via 93. Pediocactus simpsonii, Sclerocactus pubispinus, Sclerocactus spinosior, Opuntia pulchella, Echinocereus mojavensis, Penstemon nanus, Penstemon confusus, Penstemon immanifestus, Penstemon barnebyi and Penstemon dolius.
- 3rd Week in June: Longest day of the year. Back to Great Basin National park for a hike to the top of the second highest mtn. in NV. Pediocactus simpsonii at 11,200 ft. Many Alpine flowers and good to escape Las Vega's Heat.
- Late June: Bonanza Trail at top of Lee Canyon. Good hike: See Pahrump and Las Vegas at the same time.